that was just really hard to get through. Then, like I said, there was this privileging concept, and legibility seems really important. Initially, there wasn’t a lot of trust—not my collaborator, but the curators and stuff—what is this all doing. Something like this would be too easy to twist. If we only went to like Aryan Nation Web sites, the thing would have a totally different character than it does now.

So, there has been—the other thing I have noticed, and I am sorry to be kind of yammering—but the other thing that I have noticed is that these media artists are a lot more savvy technically than we give them credit for, maybe not statistically, but software and hardware wise, they run circles around them. Not my collaborator in particular, but a lot of them will run circles around us. That is kind of why—so, my position in UCLA that I am starting in April, is joint between media arts and statistics, and I will be teaching joint classes. I think that it will be interesting to have media arts students with stats students, in the sense that the stats students aren’t going to have the same kind of computing skills that the media arts students will, and the art students just won’t know what to compute.

So, it is going to be kind of an interesting interplay, I think, of approaches to problem. Introducing to both a group of media arts students and statistics students the concept of a database and how a database works and all that, there is a big thrust now about database aesthetics, not just the politics of databases, but there is an aesthetic to them as well. So, I think that that is going to be kind of interesting. I suppose the last comment I want to make is that my collaborator has this interesting—everything should be doable, and that kind of pushes me a little farther. Of course, we should be able to string these 231 displays and, of course, we should be able to update the entire grid 25 times a second. That has been the other thing, that of course we can do it and we just haven’t hit kind of the limits yet.

Thank you for your time.



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